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15 Dog Grooming Styles and Trims

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Shih Tzu ​

​Shih Tzu trims are quite similar to Maltese trims. Kennel cuts are 1/2″ or shorter, their ears are left long, and trimmed to give them a “puppy face”. Teddy bears are a 1/2″ or longer (but never longer than 2″), and the face is left longer. A breed trim is left long, but a skirt is cut out so their hair doesn’t drag on the floor. ​Finally, the show trim is all the way to the floor (and beyond).

1. Shih Tzu Kennel Cut

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​2. Shih Tzu Teddy Bear

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​3. Shih Tzu​ Breed Trim

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4. Shih Tzu Show Groom

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​Schnauzer ​

​Schnauzer ​grooming is all about that glorious mustache and eye brows, which are ​usually ​left to grow out (unless the client requests they be trimmed). Kennel cuts (as per usual) mean leaving the face longer, but clipping the body down to 1/2″ or less. While a breed trim leaves a longer skirt and legs.

​Show Schnauzers are hand stripped, which involves ​plucking layers of hair to keep the harsh outer coat (pet schnauzers are clipped). And of course, show grooms leave long eye brows, ​beard, legs, and skirt.

1. Schnauzer Kennel Cut

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2. Shnauzer ​Breed Trim

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3. Shnauzer Full Coat (show groom)

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​Poodle ​

​​In most standard ​Poodle grooming styles the legs and ears are left longer, with a “top knot” left on the top of their head. In a teddy bear more length is left on the body, while a kennel cut is a slimmed down version.

Puppies up to a year old will show in a full coat or “lamb trim”, before transitioning to a continental trim, which is those very unique poodle grooms they are known for. For all poodle grooming we recommend a certain set of brushes and grooming clippers.

Learn ​more ​about Poodle Styles: Expert Groomer Explains Poodle Haircuts

1. Toy Poodle Kennel Cut

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2. Toy Poodle Teddy Bear

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3. Toy Poodle Breed Trim (Continental)

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​4. Poodle Full Coat (Lamb Trim)

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​West Highland White Terrier

1. Westie Kennel Cut

West Highland White Terrier

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2. Westie Kennel Cut

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3. Westie Breed Trim (very short)

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​4. Westie ​Full Coat

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie coats come in two primary types: wire (sometimes called wooly), and silky. Their coat type is the main determining factor in what types of trims they can get. For example, a curly coat cannot get an outline or show groom as they require silky/straight hair to achieve.

You can learn more by reading our Yorkie grooming guide here.

1. Yorkie Kennel Cut

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2. Yorkie Teddy Bear

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3. Yorkie Breed Trim (Outline)

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4. Yorkie Show Groom

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